“Good poise gives one energy and promotes healthy blood flow,” says Mark Forde, a reflexologist and osteopath from Bayswater, London. According to Mark, good poise also promotes healthy digestive and cardiovascular functioning. We catch up with Mark to find out what the secrets to good poise and posture are.
1. Stretch it Out
Take breaks from your desk during the day, walk around, stretch and enjoy it. We should not be spending more than three hours at a time in front of electronic devices without standing up and stretching out our bodies. Try stretch every hour during your work day – it’s essential for health and well being. Whose idea was it anyway to sit in front of a computer for hours on end!?
2. Lie Down
By being upright for too long, we’re going against gravity. It’s therefore important to take time out to stretch the skeletal system by finding a fairly firm surface and lying down for up to 20 minutes at a time. If at all possible, try to do this in the morning and evening and keep your eyes open. This allows you to become aware of your body and to take note of how busy your mind is. Make sure that you’re comfortable (place a box beneath you head if necessary) and not cold.
3. About Sitting
I don’t believe in special ergonomic chairs and I don’t believe that anyone needs to teach you how to sit. Our bodies are all different and you know what’s best and most comfortable for yours. If you feel uncomfortable in a certain position, simply move around until you’re at ease . You have the freedom to find your comfort.
4. Become Aware of your Spine
In life we’re always looking ahead, but remember to regularly shift your focus backwards towards your spine. Focus on how your back is feeling and find comfortable posture. There is no right or wrong way – in fact, an honest slouch is better than a restrained back bend. Find what’s right for you.
5. Stock up on Calcium
Our poise and posture are intrinsically linked to our bones. It’s therefore vital to get calcium from natural sources such as sardines and dark and leafy vegetables. The greater your bone density, the stronger you’ll stand.
Mark Forde is a health and wellness specialist based in Bayswater, London. For one-on-one consultations, contact Mark on +44 (0)7447383620 or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org